Clinical Trials

Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center is committed to its patients and part of this commitment involves conducting medical research with the goal of helping patients live longer, healthier lives.

Through clinical studies, researchers can better understand how to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases or conditions. Clinical trials allow researchers to learn if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Treatments studied in clinical trials might include the latest drugs that are not yet out in the market, new surgical procedures or devices, or innovative ways of using existing treatments. Learn more about clinical trials at Mayo Clinic.


Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center physicians are active in sports medicine research and contribute to a large number of medical journals. Learn more about these publications.

Active Research Studies

The Sports Medicine Program staff conducts numerous research studies affecting recreational, amateur, and professional athletes. Some active areas of research include:

  • Rochester Ice Hawks: Use of CCM Vector hockey helmets to determine how fast, how hard, and how often players were hit during competitive games
  • Physical Psychosocial Predictors of Outcome in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
  • Skate Blade Neck Lacerations: A Survey and Case Follow-up
  • A Prospective, Survey Analysis of Concussion Knowledge in Both Genders of Youth Hockey and Youth Basketball Players — Phase 1
  • A Prospective Exploratory Analysis of Concussion in Junior A Level Hockey Players: Seeking A Model for Care of Concussion
  • Assessment of Adolescent Pain Medication Management and Prescription Appropriateness: A Clinical Practice Improvement Protocol
  • Use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
  • Use of Platelet Rich Plasma in the Treatment of Chronic Tendinopathies
  • Reliability of Balance Testing in Concussion Assessment
  • Pilates Exercise Effects after Breast Cancer Surgery

Learn more about Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Research.

Injury Registry

Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Program and USA Hockey have recently developed a Catastrophic Injury Registry for Ice Hockey. Our goal is to capture information on all catastrophic and potentially catastrophic injuries of ice hockey so that we can follow-up with the injured parties, and appropriately catalogue their injury experience for USA Hockey.